Empower Texans' Coalitions Manager Matt Stringer will speak Tuesday, March 17 at Star Republican Women's meeting at Quail Point Community Center.
A complimentary light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting will commence at 1:00.
Formed in 2006, Empower Texans – and its premier project Texans for Fiscal Responsibility – provides Texans with news and information about the issues facing the Lone Star State. It was formed on the premise that Texans must be informed about policy solutions consistent with the principles of individual liberty and free markets. It has offices in Dallas, Houston, Midland, the Rio Grande Valley and Austin.
According to Empower Texans, the greatest threat to our state’s economic growth and competitiveness is the weight of government on the economy.
“We seek policy outcomes that provide increasing levels of economic liberty and opportunity for all Texans by controlling the size of government,” said Stringer. “Government power and reach must be strictly limited, with elected officials held accountable by active and informed citizens.”
Matt serves as the West Texas Coalitions Manager for the Texas Torchbearer Initiative (a grassroots activism program) and as a correspondent for Texas Scorecard (a web-based media outlet). Empower Texans offers a variety of information services at its website: www.empowertexans.com.
A lifelong West Texan, Matt Stringer has a proud grassroots record of advocating for fiscal responsibility, transparency and accountability at every level of government. First becoming involved in politics in 2012, Matt has served as a delegate to both the state and national Republican conventions.
As an activist, he frequently attends the Texas Legislature while in session, volunteers for numerous campaigns, and encourages civic engagement. This activism led to Matt receiving the Empower Texans Conservative Leader Award in 2015.
In 2016, he was elected to represent the State of Texas as a Presidential Elector of the Electoral College, where he cast one of the historic votes to put President Donald J. Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence over the top, and into the White House.
Empower Texans conducts research, provides timely information via multiple media outlets, encourages grassroots activism and provides scorecards on elected officials’ performance on key issues.
Each legislative session, Empower Texans measures each Texas legislator’s performance on core budget and free enterprise issues through its Fiscal Responsibility Index. The public – including lawmakers – are notified in advance of votes taken on the issues to be rated, and prior to votes taken on the floor.
In 2019, Empower Texans identified 12 issues on which the legislators would be rated, including: Budget and Tax Reform, Corporate Welfare and Cronyism, Election Integrity, First Amendment Protections, Higher Education Reform, Local Government Reform, Pro-Citizen Ethics Reform, Promoting Free Markets, Property Rights, Property Tax Reform, and State Government Reform.
Overall, state legislators scored an average of 46 out of 100 points on the Fiscal Responsibility Index – average scores of 44 in the House and 59 in the Senate.
How did legislators who represent the Hill Country rate? State Rep. Terry Wilson (R-20) scored 89 and was the 8th most fiscally responsible representative. State Rep. Andrew Murr (R-53) scored 71 placing him in 17th place. State Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-24) scored 68, ranking 12th among state senators.